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Nōga taikan, Tomoe


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Tomoe 巴

from the series Nōga taikan

by Tsukioka Kōgyo, 1925-1930

IHL Cat. #140

About This Print

One of 200 prints issued as part of the series ga taikan (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays), it depicts the Lady Tomoe, a female warrior who served Yoshinaka, in a scene from the play Tomoe by the playwright Zeami Motokiyo (1363-1443).

The Play - Tomoe

Source: A Guide to No, P.G. O'Neill, Hinoki Shoten, 1929, p.194.

A priest on his way to the capital stops to rest and finds a woman in tears before a nearby shrine.  She tells him that it is the spot where the warrior Kiso no Yoshinaka was killed and is now enshrined.  She then vanishes but the priest stops to pray at the shrine.  Tomoe, the warrior mistress of Yoshinaka, thereupon appears and tells of his death.  She asks the priest to pray for her to ease her spirit which is troubled because Yoshinaka would not allow her to die by his side in battle.

Performance of Tomoe, played by Takeda Kunihiro, March 1985
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Print Details

 IHL Catalog #140
 Title Tomoe 巴
 Series Nōga taikan 能画大鑑 (Encyclopedia of Noh Plays or A Great Mirror of Noh Pictures or A Great Collection of Noh Pictures)
 Tsukioka Kōgyo (1869-1927)
Kōgyo seal
 Date 1925-1930
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Seibi Shoten (or Seibi Shoin), Tokyo
 Carver Uchida Eikichi
 Printer Yoshida Takesaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - several spots of foxing; slightly trimmed; not backed
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 10 x 14 in. (25.4 x 35.6 cm)
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